Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
August 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
BeSuretoHaveaDentalExamBeforeWhiteningYourTeeth

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out more about the teeth whitening procedure and whether it’s safe for your smile.

You’ve probably seen tons of ads regarding commercial whitening products for your smile, but how much do you know about teeth whiteningprofessional whitening? Yes, it may be more expensive than at-home treatments, but the results are instant and will get smiles significantly whiter. Before you decide to get in-office whitening, your Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hutson, wants you to know a bit more about whitening and your smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad for My Smile?

You may have heard stories stating that teeth whitening isn’t safe, but research has proved otherwise. In fact, when used properly by your Marietta cosmetic dentistry expert, teeth whitening is completely safe. In-office teeth whitening will not damage tooth enamel.

There are concerns with at-home whitening and being able to protect soft tissue from the harsh chemicals found in whitening gels, which is why it’s always a good idea to opt for dentist-supervised whitening. And, of course, there are certain things you’ll need to consider before determining whether teeth whitening is right for you.

If you have tooth sensitivity, teeth whitening can temporarily increase that sensitivity. We can work with you to determine what type of whitening gel we should use on your teeth if you have such sensitivity. It is also advised that pregnant or nursing mothers not get teeth whitening.

What Should I Expect from Teeth Whitening?

When you get dentist-supervised whitening, you can expect to walk out the door with an instantly brighter smile. Some patients can even get smiles that are eight times brighter than before. How much whiter your smile gets depends on the severity of your dental stains.

Teeth whitening is only used for those with external stains caused by consuming certain foods and drinks, or from smoking. When you come in for treatment, we will place a separator over your teeth to expose them while also protecting your gums from the bleaching gel. Then we will apply a layer of the whitener over your teeth that will be activated for about 15 minutes with a dental laser. The laser helps to speed up the whitening process.

Most whitening sessions consist of three, 15-minutes whitening applications. In just 45 minutes you too could have a more vibrant smile.

If teeth whitening is exactly what you think your smile needs, it’s time to call your dentist in Marietta, GA today. Let Dr. James Hutson give you a vibrant new smile this year.



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